Which brings us back to our friendly reef shark. Pigeon Island is 1km from the mainland and is named after the nesting rock pigeons. You can walk around the island checking out the rock pools and marvelling at the micro ecosystems at work. However, it’s the surrounding reefs that are the star attraction. As well as reef sharks you can also spot turtles, hundreds of reef fish and tons of coral. Sadly with the warming of the oceans, a lot of the coral is bleached , a phenomenon we also witnessed at The Yaeyama Islands in Japan which are thousands of kilometers north. Pigeon Island has one of the best beaches East Coast Sri Lanka so make sure you don’t miss it.